Penderecki Conducts Penderecki

Event time: 
Friday, April 22, 2005 - 4:00pm
Event description: 


Concert in Woolsey Hall, New Haven.

Pre-concert talk with the composer · 7 PM

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (121 Wall St.)


Yale Camerata | Marguerite L. Brooks DIRECTOR

Yale Glee Club | Jeffrey Douma DIRECTOR

Elm City Girls Choir | Rebecca Rosenbaum DIRECTOR

Yale Philharmonia | Shinik Hahm DIRECTOR


Free and open to the public. Information at 203.432.5062


Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the best known and most prolific composers of our time, will conduct the combined Yale forces of the Camerata, directed by Marguerite Brooks; the Glee Club, directed by Jeffrey Douma; and the Philharmonia, directed by Shinik Hahm; with the Elm City Girls Choir, directed by Rebecca Rosenbaum, in a performance of his monumentalCredo. The culmination of the conductor’s weeklong residency at Yale, the concert will take place at 8 PM on Friday, April 22 at Woolsey Hall in New Haven (corner Grove and College Streets).

The composer will give a pre-concert talk at 7 PM in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (121 Wall Street). Both the talk and concert are free and open to the public; no tickets are required. The Credo is a massive sacred work for chorus and orchestra. Characteristic of the later choral works of Penderecki, it shows an increasingly softer, 19th-century harmonic bias, incorporates Polish hymns (in the “Crucifixus”), and the influence of Bach is very much in evidence. This is the first performance of the work in the northeast United States.

Born in Poland in 1933, Penderecki has written nearly forty orchestral works including five symphonies, various smallscale orchestral compositions, and several solo concertos, as well as chamber music, numerous vocal works, five operas, and a film score. Penderecki enjoys an international reputation as a composer and as a conductor, both of his own works and those of other composers. Penderecki has also received honorary doctorates and professorships from universities all over the world, including Yale University, where he was Visiting Professor of Composition from 1973 to 1978.

The free concert and talk are open to the public (no tickets required). They are presented by the the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Yale Glee Club and the Yale School of Music, with additional support from the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

For more information, call 203.432.4136 or 203.432.5062.